By DeJanay Booth
The time has finally come. The cadets are getting ready to graduate. Their 30 days of hard work, sweat and dedication comes down to the moment they walk across the field, completing Cadet Summer Training. Some will be wearing their best, raising their right hand and saying, “So help me God,” becoming a newly-commissioned second lieutenant. As friends and family, nothing is more rewarding than witnessing the celebration of a lifetime.
But before getting to that celebration and enjoying the moment, friends and family should know a few things about Fort Knox, Kentucky where “Strength starts here.” Before entering the military base, the first step is passing through the Chaffee Gate. The gate is easy to get to and access.
- Chaffee gate can be entered from Dixie Highway/US-31W South (the sign says Bullion Blvd/Fort Knox.)
- Make sure to have a form of identification. Guests are not allowed without it. A man or woman in uniform will be present at the gate to check the identification. Advice: It’s best to have ID from every person in car given to the driver before getting to the gate. The driver can present the cards to security at once, making the process faster.
- Make sure that you DO NOT have any illegal substances and/or firearms in your vehicle. Security can ask to inspect the vehicle at any time, and passing through security implies consent to search.
- If asked where you are going, mention that you are here for Cadet Summer Training family day/graduation ceremony. Fort Knox wants to make sure that anyone who enters does not pose a threat to the military and its family.
Family Day, graduation end-of-camp commissioning is a time where family and friends acknowledge the accomplishment that the cadets received in training.
So welcome to Fort Knox and thank you for your love and support of these future officers.